Conditions Treated

Acupuncture improves your health and well-being on a holistic level, and as such it can help with a wide range of ailments.

Acupuncture works by the insertion of needles into the energy pathways of the body. The needles release blocks in the energy channels and stimulate the flow of energy to specific organs. As a result, your ability to heal yourself is activated. Usually, your symptoms are relieved first and then you will feel greater well-being, although you can feel better in yourself first and then the symptoms are relieved. How long this takes is often related to how long you have had the problems.

The British acupuncture Council has compiled research documents into the effective treatment of acupuncture and currently lists a number of health conditions acupuncture can treat.

In addition the World Health Organisation (WHO) has a PDF of research (large file – see page 33 onwards) dedicated to Acupuncture. Specifically they list the symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been effective in controlled trials:

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Biliary colic



Dysmenorrhoea, primary


Facial pain


Hypertension, essential



Induction of labour

Knee pain


Lower back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction of

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis




Tennis elbow

Pregnancy and Fertility

With considerable experience in the field I can be found on both the Zita West national network of affiliated acupuncturists, (the largest integrated reproductive health clinic in the UK) and on the Herts Acupuncture Childbirth Team (specialising in pregnancy, obstetric and fertility care).

The use of acupuncture in the treatment of fertility has grown dramatically in recent years.

It is used to treat both men and women, as its important to note that male infertility is a factor in 40-50% of cases.

Zita West describe how acupuncture has been shown to be effective in:

  • Regulating the menstrual cycle

  • Reducing stress by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. High stress levels are associated with reduced chances of conceiving

  • Improving blood circulation to the pelvic organs, including the ovaries and uterus, allowing the reproductive organs to work to their full potential

  • Increasing blood circulation to the uterus ensures optimal endometrial thickness

  • Helping to trigger ovulation in some women with ovulatory dysfunction

  • Helping women with PCOS, endemetriosis, dysmenorrhea, pelvic inflammation

  • Improving sperm count, motility and structural abnormalities

Providing successful fertility treatment through acupuncture is something I strive for and find extremely rewarding because of the happiness it brings to patients.


Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is also known as cosmetic acupuncture. It is not a new fad, rather it comes from Chinese medicine which originated over 5000 years ago. It is a relatively painless, non-surgical method that may help reduce the signs of aging. It involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into parts of the face and body.

Kate has been taught facial rejuvenation by Jamie Hedger and Virginia Doran, two very experienced teachers and practitioners in facial rejuvenation.

For more information please follow the links below:

The video below is based in an American acupuncture clinic – and may help give a better idea of what facial rejuvenation acupuncture is:

Kate is a member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland TCMCI and a member of the Zita West Network for fertility practitioners:

Acupuncture Council of Ireland TCMCI Zita West Fertility Treatment Network

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